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The meaning of a broken wheel carved upon a gravestone.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  While in New Hampshire I came across a relatives gravestone from 1889.  Carved in granite above his inscription was a broken wagon wheel.  He was not a wheelwright so I am unclear of the meaning, can you clarify?


Answer: Though this symbol is not that common, it is a representation I have seen before.  The wheel is a universal emblem for progress and eternity. A broken can not turn anymore, therefore symbolizing the end of the journey - in this case life's journey on earth.

Posted by David Lambert at 03/22/2011 11:38:33 PM | 

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